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How to take the stress out of a family holiday

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For many families the prospect of a holiday abroad is a welcome treat, giving parents time to relax and unwind and the kids experience of a whole new country and its ways, as well as having fun in the sun.

But sometimes family holidays can become a little stressful, if you find yourself running around after the kids at all hours of the day and not enjoying any time for yourself. That’s where solutions such as nanny services come in and these can be found at many luxury family hotels around the world. Tots Too, a leading luxury family holiday travel provider works with hotels and local child minders to provide one to one care for your little ones as soon as you land at the airport.

For a few hours a day you can take some time to yourself. While your child is cared for in this time you could head out on a walk with your partner, enjoy a spa treatment or take a diving lesson. Nanny services allow you to enjoy some much needed time to yourself, safe in the knowledge that your kids are cared for and then later you can all spend time together in the pool or head back up to the room to get ready for dinner and the evening’s entertainment.

If the kids are a little older then a kids’ club is another great option when it comes to reducing any stress in your holiday. Most kids’ clubs take up most of the morning and provide little ones with activities to enjoy while you get to spend some time with your partner in the sun without any distractions.

Kids’ clubs also allow children to socialise and make friends while on their holidays, which can help keep them entertained when the club is over, as they play in the pool or on the beach together. It might also introduce you to some new friends, as you meet the childrens’ parents and perhaps get along well.

Another way to take stress out of a family holiday is to ensure you pack everything you might need, this goes for medication for poorly tummies and insect bites to spare pyjamas should your child have an accident. Here’s a great checklist to run through while packing.

Pre booking activities to enjoy throughout your stay before you even get on the plane can help you create a loose itinerary – so you know what you are doing each day – which can save you money, keep the kids entertained and allow you to experience more on your holiday.

Family holidays can become stressful quickly if the kids are bored, so it’s a good idea to also pack some entertainment for them. Books, iPads and family games such as Uno to play on the balcony in the evening are all good ideas and should stop them from causing unnecessary stress when the evening comes. Of course, most resorts offer evening entertainment but it is not always ideal for little ones.

The family holiday should be a fun time. Yes, there will be the usual tiffs and upsets but ensure you cherish that week or two weeks spent away from home, snap plenty of pictures and take some time to grow closer together as a unit.